As the colors change, the air cools, and Sanpete residents prepare for the canning season and elk and deer hunts on the mountain, there are also many additional events this weekend to get everyone in the festive fall mood.
On the sports front, Snow College is holding its Homecoming parade and tailgate party on Saturday.
For those who appreciate cars and aircraft, the Manti-Ephraim airport will be holding its open house and fly-in on Saturday morning.
For history buffs, the Manti DUP is honoring the “Settlement of Sanpete” on Saturday.
And for those emergency preparedness aficionados, Mt. Pleasant Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be inviting the public to observe a series of mock disasters on Saturday morning.
Snow College Homecoming
Snow College’s 2021 Homecoming is filled with activities that will bring the community and students together to reengage with the “Spirit of Snow,” said Student Life Director Michelle Brown.
Morale on Snow’s campus is better than last year, and students are coming out for a lot of school-related activities, Brown said.
This will actually be Snow’s second Homecoming of the year, as the school also hosted Homecoming activities in April to accommodate the modified football season in 2020 due to COVID-19.
Enthusiasm will be high as the No. 1 ranked Badgers pounded McDougle Technical Institute (Fla.) 84-7 Saturday evening and are carrying a 3-0 undefeated record into Homecoming. Snow has outscored its opponents 232-7 on the season thus far. For the big Homecoming game on Saturday, Sept. 25th, the Badgers will face the Community Christian Saints.
Homecoming this weekend will be a full-fledged affair with a parade and tail-gaiting party planned for the community on Saturday before the football game in Terry Foote Stadium.
The parade will be filled with floats and vehicles decorated to the theme of “Feels Like Home.” Businesses, community groups and student associations will all take part in the parade.
The community is encouraged to come out and watch at 4:30 p.m. on Main Street in Ephraim. The parade will start at 200 South and end at the practice field, where the tailgating party will get going, Brown said.
The party will feature Snow musicians playing in the Union band and the Badgerettes painting on face tattoos. There will be cotton candy and food trucks on site, and games such as volleyball, corn hole and spike ball will be played around the field.
This all starts before the big game at 7 p.m.
Other activities coinciding with Homecoming Week include the Distinguished Alumni Ceremony and the Golden Badgers Reunion. Both events are hosted by the Snow College Alumni Association.
If you graduated from Snow College in 1971 or before, you qualify as a Golden Badger. This reunion event has been a fun tradition for several years and includes lunch, live music, an opportunity to ride in the parade, and more. Contact Janie Harris at (435) 283-7060 to RSVP or for any questions.
Admission to the Homecoming game Saturday night is $6 a person for the general public, with Snow students getting in free with their school I.D. All other public events are free.
Here is Saturday’s schedule of events.
10 a.m. Distinguished Alumni Ceremony (by special invitation only)
1 p.m. Golden Badgers Reunion
4:30 p.m. Parade on Main Street
5 p.m. Tailgate Party at the Practice Field
7 p.m. Football Game versus Community Christian in Terry Foote Stadium
Manti-Ephraim Airport Fly-In
The whole family is invited to the free car and aircraft show at the Manti-Ephraim Airport from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The event will be similar to last year with a large variety of cars and airplanes on display, said Candice Maudsley, airport board secretary. There will be people flying in from all over the state to show off their planes. Food vendors are also being lined up.
In addition, a hot air balloon has been scheduled to appear, but there will not be any balloon rides offered this year. There may be some airplane rides for the public, but those are yet to be determined, said Chairman Tom Herbert of the airport board.
Settlement of Sanpete
The Manti Camp of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers will be holding its 33rd annual “Settlement of Sanpete” tour on Saturday. This year, the DUP will honor Anthony Wayne and Susan Matilda Lane Bessey and their descendants.
The event, which is open to the public, starts with registration at 8 a.m. for the afternoon tours of Bessey’s historic homes. There will be a short “Laying of the Wreath” ceremony at the Manti Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. A program for the Bessey Family will be held at the Manti Red Church Chapel, 300 S. Main, at 10:30 a.m., and the DUP lunch is at noon. The tours will run from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and will include the Bessey homes and gravesites, the Patten House Museum with the Beach Cabin, and other historic sites. For more information, contact Jane Braithwaite at (435) 835-5841 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emergency Response Simulation
The Mt. Pleasant Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be holding a series of mock disasters, including a bus crash and earthquake, on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the North Sanpete High School.
Up to 200 people are expected to be on-site playing roles as victims, bystanders or responders. There will be a constant flow of ambulances taking the people playing the roles of victims to hospitals.
The public is invited to observe the simulations, and people arriving early may volunteer to be victims or bystanders. There will be also an opportunity to sign up for the next nine-week CERT training.
CERT started in California in the mid-1990s in response to devastating wildfires, explains Rosella Talbot, one of the co-organizers of the new Mt. Pleasant CERT group. The program is designed to train everyday citizens to take charge of disaster scenes and render first-aid until official first responders, such as firefighters and EMTs, arrive.